Bimpe who’s 17years strolled into the clinic but found it difficult to disclosing to me that she had bumps on her vulva because she found it embarassing.
Lots of teenagers that are new to the business of seeing their menses seem to be troubled by rashes and itchiness during menstruation.
It happens to a lot of teenagers, but you can say goodbye to rashes and itching by taking preventive measures.
These rashes, itching and bumps do occur during or after menstruation. The number of ladies suffering from rashes in the vulva area seems to be falling as the quality of sanitary products has improved over time. Even so, many with sensitive skin are still troubled by them.
If you get vaginal rashes or itching during menstruation, there are three major causes:
1. Heat. If you use a sanitary pad during your menses, you’d notice that the vulva area is warm or hot. Try using cotton undies to improve airflow to the area.
2. Dampness. Being in contact with sanitary pads can result in the vagina being kept damp. You are bound to get rashes under such conditions as the skin is irritated by the remaining menstrual flow and any sweat on sanitary pads that has not been absorbed. It is similar to the diaper rash which babies get. Women with sensitive skin suffer from such rashes.
3. Chafing. This refers to irritation of the skin caused by repetitive friction, usually generated through skin to material (in this case sanitary pad) or skin to skin contact. When the skin is dry, for example, the area can be chafed by sanitary pads rubbing the skin while moving or walking.
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